The Arts Education Partnership is a Center within Education Commission of the States

In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education selected Education Commission of the States to serve as the new host organization for the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Believing that informed policymakers create better education policy, Education Commission of the States works with state education leaders to provide unbiased policy research and reports, targeted technical support and the opportunity to learn from peers in other states. As a policy center within Education Commission of the States, AEP has a unique and powerful opportunity to work with key state leaders to advance the 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education and promote AEP’s mission to ensure every child has access to a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. 








The Arts Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge

Action Agenda Priority Area IV:

To carry out the work outlined in the Action Agenda, state, local, and national arts and education leaders need easy access to a wide range of timely, useful, and accurate information that can support their efforts. AEP partner organizations are working to ensure that all arts and education policy leaders as well as other key stakeholders and decision makers have the knowledge and resources needed to engage the arts as an essential component of a complete and competitive education for all students.

Released in March 2015, The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education (Text Only) sets forth an ambitious plan for achieving the Action Agenda’s five-year aspirational goal: By the year 2020 every young person in America, at every grade level, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and in out-of-school time.

The Arts Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment

Action Agenda Priority Area III:

States are employing a wide array of innovative approaches to personalize students’ learning experiences and transform the learning environment. AEP partner organizations are working to explore and expand arts-centered and arts-based solutions and strategies for using time, resources, and technology in new and innovative ways to ensure the learning environment supports student success for all children and young people.

Released in March 2015, The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education (Text Only) sets forth an ambitious plan for achieving the Action Agenda’s five-year aspirational goal: By the year 2020 every young person in America, at every grade level, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and in out-of-school time.

The Arts Support Effective Educators and School Leaders

Action Agenda Priority Area II:

As part of the transition to higher learning standards for students, states are also rethinking their systems of preparation, support, and evaluation for educators and school leaders. AEP partner organizations are working to ensure that all levels of the educator workforce are ready and able to engage the arts as a core academic subject, as a key instructional resource across all disciplines, and as a strategy for school turnaround. For this Agenda the definition of “educator workforce” includes certified arts specialists, teachers of subjects other than the arts, school leaders, and community-based arts educators.

Released in March 2015, The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education (Text Only) sets forth an ambitious plan for achieving the Action Agenda’s five-year aspirational goal: By the year 2020 every young person in America, at every grade level, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and in out-of-school time.




The Arts Raise Student Achievement and Success

Action Agenda Priority Area I:

Through the adoption of higher learning standards and the implementation of new accountability systems, states across the country are rethinking what it means for students to be ready for college, career and life. AEP partner organizations are working to ensure the arts are integral in the deliberations and actions pertaining to higher learning expectations for all students, the systems designed for assessing growth towards those expectations, and the structures for ensuring that expectations are met.

Released in March 2015, The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education (Text Only) sets forth an ambitious plan for achieving the Action Agenda’s five-year aspirational goal: By the year 2020 every young person in America, at every grade level, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and in out-of-school time.